Stryker Village Council Holds April Meeting; Approves 2nd Reading Ordinance Change

STRYKER: April 14, 2014-Mayor Hughes brought down the gavel and opened the April Stryker Village Council Meeting on April 14 at the Stryker City Office. After the opening prayer and pledge of allegiance, roll call was taken, with 5 council members present, and one member, Rex Blevins, absent. The first order of business was presentation and adoption of the monthly financial report, which was approved by a 5-0 vote.

The main item on the agenda was legislative matters, and the council considered repeal and replacement of Section 925.02 and Sub section (b) (1) of Ordinance #1997-11 for a second reading. Sub section (b) (1) currently states:
925.02 BILLINGS:

Bills for the rates and charges herein established by the Village shall be sent monthly. All bills shall be payable on the fifteenth day of the month following the reading of the meters and shall be paid at the office of the clerk. If any charge for the service of the system shall not be be paid by the thirtieth day of the month, except for February which shall be paid by the twenty-eighth day of the month in which it shall become due and payable, a delayed payment charge of ten percent (10%) of the amount of the bill shall be added thereto and collected therewith. Shut-off notices will be delivered on the 9th day following the due date. If any bills for the service of the water system shall remain unpaid by 9:00 a.m. of the tenth day from the due date, the water supply for the lot, parcel of land or premises affected shall be shut off and shall not be turned on again except on payment in full of the delinquent charges therefore, in addition to the non-payment charges. Refer to section 925.01 (i). Shut-off or turn on outside of normal working hours or on Saturdays, Sundays or Holidays shall be subject to a charge of ($20.00).

(b) Temporary Disconnection:

(1) Whenever a consumer is to be absent from his residence or business for an extended period of time he may, at option; request the utility shut off to his business. Unless this request is made in writing prior to his absence, a minimum charge will be made for both water and sewage.
Section 925.02 and Sub section (b) (1) shall be repealed and replaced by:

Bills for the rates and charges herein established by the Village shall be sent monthly. All bills shall be payable on the fifteenth day of the month following the reading of the meters and shall be paid at the office of the clerk. If any charge for the service of the system shall not be be paid by the thirtieth day of the month, except for February which shall be paid by the twenty-eighth day of the month in which it shall become due and payable, a delayed payment charge of ten percent (10%) of the amount of the bill shall be added thereto and collected therewith. Shut-off notices will be delivered on the 9th day following the due date. If any bills for the service of the water system shall remain unpaid by 9:00 a.m. of the tenth day from the due date, the water supply for the lot, parcel of land or premises affected shall be shut off and shall not be turned on again except on payment in full of the delinquent charges therefore, in addition to the non-payment charges. Refer to section 925.01 (i). Shut-off or turn on will not occur outside of normal business hours unless it is deemed an emergency situation by appropriate Village personnel.

(b) Temporary Disconnection:

(1)Whenever a consumer is to be absent from his residence or business for an extended period of time he may, at his or her option; request the utility shut off to his business.
After passing the first reading of Section 925.02 and Sub section (b) (1), the Council next addressed an ordinance to repeal and replace section 925.01 (i) of Ordinance #1997-11, which reads as follows:

(i)Any customer for reason of non-payment of monthly charges or whose service has been disconnected shall be subject to the following charges-First time non-payment shut off fee will be ($20.00), second time non-payment shut off fee will be ($40.00), and third time non-payment shut off fee will be ($60.00). After third time shut off fee will remain at ($60.00) for each offence.
Section 925.01 (i) shall be repealed and replaced by:

(i)Any customer for reason of non-payment of monthly charges shall be subject to the following charges-twenty-five dollar shut off fee ($25.00) and a twenty-five dollar ($25.00) turn-on fee.

The council, voting on the second reading of Section 925.01 (i), passed the Ordinance and will put both Section 925.02 and Sub section (b) (1), and Section 925.01 (i) back in front of the council during the April and May meetings for second and third reading. Any resident who wishes to address these changes or submit input to the council regarding these Ordinances may contact the Village of Stryker Town Council.

In other Council business, Stryker resident Tanner Clingaman addressed the members of the council from the Stryker Boy Scout Troop requesting permission for an Eagle Scout Fire Pit Project at Knight’s Landing. Clingaman presented full and detailed plans to the council, and made a very professional presentation. The proposed fire pit would be a concrete encased enclosure, and would enhance residents use and enjoyment of the recreation area. As a result, the project was approved unanimously by the council.

In the Police Chief’s Report, Chief Schlosser reported the office received 76 reports during the month, issued 33 warning citations, 5 citations and announced 4 adult arrests. Chief Schlosser also announced the department received a new 2014 Dodge Charger Patrol Vehicle on March 24, and after up-fitting of the lights, siren and other interior equipment, the vehicle was placed into service.

The next Village Council meeting will take place on May 12 at 7:00 p.m.

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